The method is not new, but the crime of bank "jugging" has become more common.
Jugging is a term used to describe not only a bank money bag, but a crime associated with thieves robbing people after victims have left the bank. Plano police said there have been 15 reported cases this year.
"These criminals are mainly targeting businesses owners who leave with their money bags in plain sight," Plano Police Department's Officer David Tilley said. "Thieves wait for them to get in their car, then they follow them to their next destination. Once they start to run their other errands, the thieves break into their car and steal their money."
Tilley offered a few signs to watch for:
• Vehicles that are left running in the parking lot with multiple people inside.
• People who are waiting in the parking lot but never enter into the bank.
• Vehicles that switch parking spaces.
• Vehicles with dark tint.
Police said there are a few ways people can remain proactive and stay vigilant:
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Never enter or leave the bank with your money bag or money envelope in plain sight.
• After you leave the bank, never go to another location to run an additional errand. Call someone to meet you outside at your car to take the money inside. There are safety in numbers.
• Take a different or inconspicuous route to your home or business from the bank.